He argues that his conviction of witchcraft, will serve as a model, for then others to openly declare of their involvement in witchcraft. Throughout the town of Salem, John Proctor almost has a sense of authority over the other townspeople. His lack of religious background allowed him to be easily convicted, as witchcraft could be associated with religion. The phrase, “good instruction of the village,” is almost saying that because of his conviction, it will give the accused a reason to convict to witchcraft too. John Proctor is upset that his name must be posted for all the village to see, because it will tarnish his name.
Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale, a brilliant spokesperson and a devout and wise Puritan minister in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, is the lover of a woman who commits adultery, Hester Prynne. Hester, a recognizable adulteress, wears the scarlet letter and lives as an outcast. Contradicting, Reverend Dimmesdale’s sin stays hidden from the Puritan community, know only to Hester and himself. As a minister, Dimmesdale believes he should suffer from punishments the way Hester did for committing the same crime, which leads him to fall into a terrible mental and physical state.
John Proctor is seen as an exemplary human being in the eyes of the Puritans. When his wife, Elizabeth Proctor, is accused of witchcraft he rushes to the courts in an attempt to prove her innocence. However, in order to do that he needs to admit to an affair he had with the reverend’s niece, Abigail, who made up the lie that sent Elizabeth to jail. Proctor is unwilling to admit to adultery
The prominence of one’s name or reputation in the Crucible by Arthur Miller is a vital one. In the restrictive Puritan society of Salem, one’s reputation is established through the demonstration of their honesty, hard-work and strict adherence to the Christian doctrine. Reverend Parris is the first character in the play that openly addresses the importance of his reputation to himself. Even though people dislike his personality, they respect him for his strong belief in Christianity.
Transitioning to Act Three we see a side of Elizabeth that wouldn’t expect which would be dishonesty to save John from his death. Elizabeth being known through Salem for never telling a lie, is asked to tell the truth about John committing adultery so they can both be free. “I came to think he fancied her. And so one night I lost my wits I think, and put out on the highroad,” (1148). From that quote she broke her streak of honesty because she couldn’t tell if John wanted her to tell the truth, so she lied to court about John not being a lecher.
John has the conscience of an honest man even though he has committed a severe sin, which he hides, adultery. Because of this his name is tainted, making the reader doubt the goodness in him. When Proctor reveals the truth in court, we are surprised because he has confessed knowing it will blacken his name, and he has done this in order to save his wife, Elizabeth Proctor. Because of this we are able to see that Proctor bears responsibility for what has occurred. However when he confesses, Abigail turns against him and accuses Proctor of being a witch.
The novel scarlet letter was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. He wanted to expose the immorality that was committed by two parents of a daughter called Pearl. Nathaniel's novel explores the hypocrisy in puritan societies. The novel tells a story of Hester Prynne and her daughter. Hester having committed adultery and tries all what she can so as to ensure that she live of repentance and dignity.
In this essay, the poem “ The Minister’s Black Veil ” by Nathaniel Hawthorne unravels the story of a man who was judged and thought to have committed a terrible sin. The key aspect discussed in “The Minister’s Black Veil” is of secret sin and how Mr. Hooper the communities reverend must carry the burden of these sins like how Jesus died for our sins. Mr. Hooper incites fear in his community after he starts wearing a black veil, but they don’t understand why. Everyone wants to ask Mr. Hooper why he wears a black veil but the community was craven. No one asked Mr.Hooper about the veil until his fiancee brazenly asked him.
None of the townspeople wanted to be like Hester Prynne, she was an example of what the people should not do. The townspeople have a strong belief in the Puritan religion and any wrong doings that go against it will be a sin and receive a
Neither character feels the need to remark on the coincidence emphasizing how desperately they do not want to face the truth, contributing to their blindness. Oedipus’s eyes function just fine, however he is entirely blind to the awful fate the gods have placed on him, making it the main topic of blindness, as he was known for his keen insight. By choosing to avoid his destiny, his blindness is first shown making Tiresias his inverse “You, even though you see clearly, do
John Proctor fears his name’s identity, which is evident near the end of the play when he resists Deputy Danforth and Reverend Hale’s posting his name on the church door, accusing him of witchcraft (IV.712-717). John Proctor is Elizabeth Proctor’s husband, who involved in an affair with Abigail Williams when she was still working as the Proctor’s maid. Elizabeth fires Abigail, once she realizes her maid and her husband’s covert relationship. Elizabeth’s dismissal causes Abigail to become very angry, for women had little power at the time, let alone unmarried women like herself. By playing her Mafia-like wailing and doll piercing games and forcing the other Salem girl to participate, Abigail determines to terminate Elizabeth and keep John for herself (460-473).
Later, John Proctor confesses his sin to the court. Proctor is trying to expose Abby and the girls as frauds; however, his intention failed when the court called in Goody Proctor. They asked her if her husband was a lecher, and she lied and told the judges he was not (1311). It was the
At last, a tragic hero realized his bad and try to fix that into right way. In the book “the crucible” John Proctor said to lawyer and judgement that “Tell them I confessed myself: say Proctor broke his knees and wept like a woman:say what you will, but my name cannot-”(p62). It reflects that he is trying to be honest, and also trying to be a good father to his child and husband to Elizabeth. This is because, if he confess and avoid death, his child cannot inherited anything and Elizabeth lived with suffer because her husband is a witch. But, Proctor doesn’t confess that he is witch, and be honest to his child and wife.
The Scarlet Letter begins in 1642 Boston, Massachusetts with the Puritan society punishing Hester Prynne for her sins against God. The puritans believe that any crime is a crime or a sin against God and the Puritan leaders take this very seriously. Hester committed adultery with an unknown man. She was living out her punishment peacefully with her child Pearl until Roger Chillingworth appears back in town. No one knows that Chillingworth is Hester 's husband except for Hester.
Arthur was torn between admitting he was wrong and confessing his sin or to hide it and let Hester be the mockery of the town by herself. In The Scarlet letter Arthur was Hester’s lover, but no one knew it. Arthur was the towns priest and no one could ever know what he did because it was a very bad sin in their eyes. Hawthorne states in The Scarlet Letter, “The minister, with a voice so sweet, tremulous, but powerful, insomuch that the hall reechoed, and the hollow amour rang with it” (104). The minister was a very nice and sweet man.